Vital Football

Latest Fulham FC News

Fulham Going Dutch (5)

Fulham Going Dutch (5)

As we continue our countdown to Euro 2008 with a look at Group C, we only have the Romanian team left to cover.

With 'Group C' affectionately tagged the 'Group of Death' the experts are predicting that it'll be any two from Italy, France and our team Holland to go through.

That policy may well favour the Romanian team though, to disregard their chances of progressing could play well into their hands and the underdog could well prove that its bite is far worse than its bark.

The Arsenal star, Robin van Persie, has come forward and warned his compatriots about the danger the dark horses present, remarking,

'Everyone talks about a fantastic group with the best teams like France and Italy, but Romania have a strong side, trust me.'

'We got one point against them in qualifying so we know what they are capable of. They are like a machine.'


So just what should we make of the Romanian team, just how did they qualify and who are there most feared players?

So just what should we make of the Romanian team, just how did they qualify and who are there most feared players?

Stuck in the same qualifying group as the Dutch side, Romania, as you've already read, took four points out of a possible six against Holland. Elsewhere they came up against Albania, Bulgaria and Luxembourg in the remainder of their qualifying fixtures in the back end of last year beating Albania emphatically 6-1, Luxembourg 2-0 but going down to a narrow 1-0 victory in Bulgaria. Since qualification was assured, they've entertained Montenegro, winning handsomely 4-0 and also Russia when they registered an eye-catching 3-0 win.

In fact their coach, Victor Piturca, can be very pleased with the way his side progressed and sit ready to spring a major surprise this summer.

Looking at their squad one name stands out - that of Adrian Mutu. Once on the playing staff of Chelsea, Mutu was exposed as a cocaine user and ruthlessly dealt with by his employer. After serving a ban, Mutu resurfaced in Italy and has restructured his career with Fiorentina in Serie A. His goals for Fiorentina have served to emphasise exactly why, before his drugs episode, he was once so revered as a striker.

Elsewhere, the side are captained by Christian Chivu, a respected defender who has played in Italy for the last five years, first with Roma and now with Inter Milan. He can play either at left back or in the centre of the defence and needs to be watched if Romania are awarded free kicks in dangerous places as his left foot can be deadly.

The Romanians start their Euro 2008 campaign with a fixture against France, in Zurich on Monday 9th June before then meeting Italy, again in Zurich on Friday 13th June. Their group campaign finishes against Holland, in Berne, on Tuesday 17th June.

That final fixture could either turn out to be a decider or a meaningless fixture between the sides destined to finish third and fourth, let's for the sake of the Dutch, hope its the former.

Writer:Andrew Joyce
Date:Friday June 6 2008
Time: 4:02PM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
Other than the Dutch games I will just be looking on Sky for the goals.
codbater
07/06/2008 14:40:00
0
can't really get into it at the moment!
Fulham Badger
07/06/2008 20:06:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Fulham Articles

Ex-Cottager Hughes Stars for Ireland!

Saturday afternoon saw Northern Ireland exit the Euro 2016 Finals at the hands of Wales.

Two More Clubs Interested in Dembele

Although it pains me to say it, I can`t for the life of me see Moussa Dembele being at Craven Cottage next season.

McCormack Interest Reported

Could Fulham lose both their main strikers this summer?

Fulham - Burn Joins Wigan

It was perhaps surprising that when the names of those players who were not being retained the name of Dan Burn was on the list.

Archived Vital Fulham Articles

Vital Fulham articles from

Site Journalists

Andrew Joyce
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Will Fulham Lose Dembele and McCormack this Summer?
Suggested By: putney
Yes!68%
No!16%
Just One of the Two!16%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Fulham Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.bbei6379